March 15 case man­age­ment for Guan Eng, Phang

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GE­ORGE TOWN: The High Court here yes­ter­day fixed March 15 for case man­age­ment of the cor­rup­tion trial in­volv­ing Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng and busi­ness­woman Phang Li Koon.

Jus­tice Datuk Had­hariah Syed Is­mail set the date af­ter be­ing noted that the pros­e­cu­tion had filed an ap­peal to the Fed­eral Court against the de­ci­sion of the Court of Ap­peal in Pu­tra­jaya on Aug 7 this year which ruled in favour of Guan Eng and Phang.

The two ac­cused brought their cases to the court of ap­peal af­ter the High Court on March 7 this year re­jected their ap­pli­ca­tions to de­clare Sec­tion 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) Act 2009 as ul­tra vires Ar­ti­cles 5(1) and 8 of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

Sec­tion 62 re­quired ac­cused per­sons to dis­close their de­fence state­ments to the pros­e­cu­tion be­fore com­mence­ment of a trial.

The high court in dis­miss­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions of the two ac­cused held that Sec­tion 62 was con­sti­tu­tional and did not im­pede their rights to a fair trial.

Phang’s coun­sel Datuk V. Sitham­baram told re­porters when met out­side the court yes­ter­day that no date had been set for hear­ing of the pros­e­cu­tion’s ap­peal at the Fed­eral Court.

At the pro­ceed­ing today, the pros­e­cu­tion was rep­re­sented by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ab­dul Rashid Daud while Guan Eng, by his lawyer RSN Rayer. Both ac­cused were not present.

On June 30, 2016, the chief min­is­ter pleaded not guilty to charges of cor­rup­tion in re­la­tion to the con­ver­sion of land from agri­cul­tural to res­i­den­tial and the pur­chase of a plot of land and bun­ga­low at be­low-mar­ket value.

Guan Eng was charged with us­ing his po­si­tion as chief min­is­ter to gain grat­i­fi­ca­tion for him­self and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by ap­prov­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion for con­ver­sion of agri­cul­ture land to a pub­lic hous­ing zone in south­west Pe­nang to a com­pany, Mag­ni­fi­cient Em­blem Sdn Bhd.

He al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence while chair­ing a Pe­nang State Planning Com­mit­tee meet­ing at the op­er­a­tions room, Level 28, Kom­tar build­ing here, on July 18, 2014. - Ber­nama

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